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Comments Sought on Proposals to Protect Lake Superior Reef

A report lists more than a dozen options for managing the stamp sands near Buffalo Reef in Lake Superior, seen on the right side of this photo. A report lists more than a dozen options for managing the stamp sands near Buffalo Reef in Lake Superior, seen on the right side of this photo. |  Photo: Courtesy of Neil Harri via Michigan DNR

Created: February 11, 2019 10:36 AM

GAY, Mich. (AP) - A panel of federal, state and tribal agencies is seeking public comments on proposed strategies for protecting an important Lake Superior fish habitat area.

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Waste rock known as "stamp sands" from the copper mining period were dumped along the lakeshore a century or more ago. They're drifting toward Buffalo Reef, south of the village of Gay. The reef on the east side of the Keweenaw Peninsula is used for spawning by whitefish and lake trout.

A report from the Buffalo Reef Task Force lists 13 alternatives for managing the stamp sands.

The group wants to hear from the public about the ideas and any others that might come up. Comments will be accepted until March 8.

Its next report will select two to four top alternatives for more detailed analysis.

Comments may on the Draft Preliminary Alternatives Analysis may be sent to Steven Check, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, via email at: Steven.G.Check@usace.army.mil or U.S. mail at: 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226-2550.

LINK: Buffalo Reef Alternatives Report

LINK: Michigan DNR page on Buffalo Reef

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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